Origin of the 4 squares

From the emergency to the hypnotherapy

This method is the result of a combination of experiences by therapists dealing with trauma intervention. It begins in 1997 with Jarero et al. in Mexico after a hurricane.

It continues in 1999 during an earthquake in Turkey. Lucina Artigas is rewarded by EMDRIA for her creative innovation the “butterfly technique” in 2000 (bilateral alternative auto-stimulations by light taps on the upper arms).

In 2006 D.Lanch adapts the protocol to individual therapy sessions: the “Vierfeldertechnik”.

L. Burkhardt and K. Schmidt-Riese present the “technique des quatres compartiments” in Switzerland (Lausanne) during a general psycho-traumatology workshop (formation en psychotrauma-therapie DeGPT: techniques de stabilisation niveau II par Dr.Karla Schmidt-Riese et Dr. Lucien Burkhardt 08.05.2009)

Since then we are constantly adapting and integrating this technique in our daily consultations. We have modified the name of this technique to the four squares technique finding that the form of the square delimits better the problems and also the resources drawn within.